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From Shane Curcuru <>
Subject Re: [Request] create mailing list
Date Tue, 08 Nov 2011 22:48:24 GMT
As a mentor, I have two comments:

- When requesting a new mailing list, it is critical to clearly define 
the focus and expected community that would use a list.  In particular, 
showing specific threads on other lists that would be better moved to 
the new list is helpful to give others a detailed explanation of the 
kinds of things a new list proposer would expect to see on the new list.

Creating new email lists is simple technically, but should be approached 
with caution in terms of the effects of splitting community energy.

- I highly recommend that people view through the slides for the 
well-respected "How Open Source Projects Survive Poisonous People" set 
of slides:

The talk is worth watching, but for those short on time the slides are 
worth reading.  In particular, the aspects about how communities of many 
different kinds of people (the vast majority who are not poisonous, by 
the way!) can effectively work together on public mailing lists.  A key 
slide is pp 5, and pp7 as a followup:

"Attention and Focus
These are your scarcest resources
You must protect them"

- Shane

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